There is a river – its streams delight the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the most high. God is within her; she will not be toppled. God will help her when the morning dawns.
The Gihon Springs, long hidden within the city walls, made life possible in Jerusalem. Attacking forces would lay sieges to walled cities in those days, and those without some water source would fall quickly. Jerusalem’s spring, however, enabled the city to endure attacks.
The psalmist compared this to the believer’s life, that we also have a hidden spring of strength and life. God is within us and we will not be toppled. God gives us strength to endure the long darkness of difficulty, and though the light of dawn may yet be far off for you at this moment, you can be sure that for the child of God the morning will certainly come, that hope will return, that your need will be answered. It is during the deprivation of isolation that we learn to depend upon God, that we long for Him and thirst for Him. Nothing else satisfies the heart nor strengthens the soul!
In a world filled with distractions, many fall into the trap of thinking that exciting external things make for a more profound life, but without the wellspring of God within us, all of life is drab. We become like a city in the ancient world that would bring into its walls all the amusements of life but leave outside the gate the wellspring that genuinely sustained them. Of course, the ancient cities were rarely so foolish, but we as individuals often are.
Recognize the source of life and hope for you that God truly is. Let the reality of Him and His love for you strengthen you from within and nourish your soul. Then you will have strength to take on the challenges of life and stand firm in him when others around you are unable.
Lord, let us find our strength in You and draw daily from Your presence and love. Amen.